~ Personal Experience ~
Having used internal CD-RW drives and being stuck with using burning discs from just one PC I decided to search for a piece of equipment that was external plug and play and could burn my discs wherever I was. The Plextor Plexwriter PX-S88TU offers me this function and yes it is a bit expensive but still very reliable and comes with USB 2.0 but is slightly hindered by the need for a external power supply but im sure the next one will sort this out.
I have had no driver problems and installs very easily. I have installed this drive on Windows 98, XP and Vista and have had no problems, works like a dream. A top class drive.
~ Cost ~
Originally released in 2001 this piece of hardware costs around £257 which isn't bad and is useful for those who need to burn discs on the move especially using different PCs or laptops and need to burn data to disc.
~ Where to buy? ~
Well I would check the obvious sites like Amazon as I originally bought it from here in 2004 for £250 but after checking on Amazon it is currently not being sold so maybe you will have to look around.
~ Technical Details ~
Product Description: Plextor PlexWriter PX-S88TU - CD-RW drive - Hi-Speed USB
Device Type: CD-RW drive
Enclosure Type: External
Enclosure Colour: White
Interface: Hi-Speed USB
Dimensions (WxDxH): 14.1 cm x 17.1 cm x 2.2 cm
Weight: 0.5 kg
Optical Storage: CD-RW
Read Speed: 24x
Write Speed: 8x
Buffer Size: 2 MB
Buffer Underrun Protection: BURN-Proof
OS Required: Microsoft Windows 98 Second Edition, Microsoft Windows 2000, Microsoft Windows Millennium Edition, Microsoft Windows XP
Manufacturer Warranty: 2 years warranty
~ The Verdict ~
Overall a nice piece of hardware in its day but I am sure there are better products out there now for a much cheaper price, I think I may have paid well over the price for this considering how much they are now but still when things are new and snazzy you pay over the odds, the HD TV being one of those.
I particularly love the casing it comes in as it is silver and blue casing and looks quite classy and fits in well with my silver PC base and also silver laptop.
Originally bought from Amazon I had no problems and the transaction was smooth. I still have the CD-RW drive and I still use it today so it is very reliable, easy to use and useful for those who are required to back up data on a regular basis.
~ Ratings ~
Ease of use: 4/5